Beating Back Diplomatic Defeatism

By Jonathan Freitag

. . . For quite a while it has not been that difficult to criticize America’s Israel policy. The U.S. has continued to fund the occupation of the Palestinian people and has tacitly approved the expansion of Israel’s West Bank settlements. Still, one felt the scant belief that American bureaucrats, regardless of their intentions, at least respected the notion that things ought to get solved peacefully. These Americans were called diplomats. But today they are nowhere to be found. In this current Administration’s worldview of “existing realities,” where what’s done can’t be undone, diplomats are derided as nothing but a bunch of dithering elites. And that goes for Henry Kissinger.

America’s blank check to Israel to bombard the civilian populations of Lebanon and Gaza is appalling, but not unconsidered. The U.S.’s withdrawal from negotiations stems from a conservative philosophy which promotes the unbridled use of military force on the one hand and the joyful abdication of diplomatic responsibility -- Politics -- on the other. It is a philosophy which ushers in physical brutality by camouflaging its contempt for diplomacy beneath a supposed exhaustion of diplomacy. It is rooted in a belief that the world is wicked, that nothing but force can tame it, and that the best role for civil government in these particular circumstances is in the drain of a bathtub. It is a philosophy we should not misconstrue as one of blundering incompetence, or unspeakable idiocy, but rather the embodiment of mindfully agreed-upon, wrongful policy options. . . (more)


At Sunday, July 23, 2006 9:16:00 PM, Blogger Philip I said...

New Post Spectator sport

At Sunday, July 23, 2006 9:39:00 PM, Blogger MaxZurich said...

* If the State Department wants to trot out Security Council Resolution 1559, we should be so delighted. International diplomacy must be our turf. *
How ostentatious and pompous! And meanwhile Israelis - as others in so many places around the world - would have to continue and bleed... Your words are of someone who probably never achieved a thing in life... Try to look for a credible solution, not for inflamatory rhetoric! And if you'll read a bit you may even see that for once your government isn't quite alone...

At Monday, July 24, 2006 9:02:00 AM, Blogger Nightstudies said...

Let me add some reality to this bullshit.

Iran and Syria want Lebanese democracy destroyed, so the more Lebanese people are killed, the better.

And Hezbollah, the death of their followers doesn't hurt the cause of fascism.

The only possible fly in the soup is the possibility that the rest of Lebanon will keep their heads and insist that Hezbollah is disarmed, perhaps with international help.

Now THAT would be the end of the game for Syria and Iran.


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